Rihanna's Latest Work: An All-Denim Shoe Line with Manolo Blahnik!
Prophetic Rihanna said it best in her 2008 “Live Your Life” lyric: “Come walk in my shoes, and see the way I’m livin’ if you really want to.”
Listen up Navy: the Barbadian beauty has a new collaboration with famed shoe designer Manolo Blahnik! The scrumptious Spring 2016 shoe collection, called Denim Desserts, features six limited edition styles that were all designed personally by Blahnik and Rihanna. And Rih is debuting them in true superstar style — inside the pages of Vogue UK.
Think you’re psyched about this collaboration? Rihanna definitely has you beat. “The day I see a woman in the street wearing my shoes… I am sorry for that woman because I’m going to literally run after her, shouting, ‘Stop! Selfie! Who are you? Where did you get them?’,” she tells the magazine. “I’m going to have a moment!”
Inspired by the singer’s hand tattoos, each unique shoe is artfully fashioned with denim, sequins and/or artisan embroidery. Though it’s hard to choose which is her favorite in the collaboration, Rihanna selects the ‘9 to 5’ boot — Dolly Parton-inspired, perhaps? — as a standout piece.
The star also feels that her boots are so sexy, they should come with a warning label. “Guuurrrl! Those boots are dangerous! If you’re trying to get back home to your bed, don’t wear them boots!,” she says. “You will get kidnapped in those boots, those boots are trouble.”
Denim Desserts is set to be on-sale on May 5 across three store locations globally in London, New York and Hong Kong.
“This is an incredibly exciting collaboration and I am absolutely thrilled with the results,” Blahnik gushed. “Working with Rihanna has been amazing and her drive, passion, creativity and style has been reflected in the designs, with fabulous results – I think everyone is going to love what they are about to see.”
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With Denim Desserts, the “Work” hitmaker continues to expand her fashion empire. She serves as woman’s creative director of Puma, and even has her own Fenty clothing line with the brand, which includes sneakers.
Rihanna’s first Puma shoe collaboration, the Creeper, sold out within three hours of its release and were completely wiped from Puma’s website the following day. Her second Puma shoe collab, the Fenty trainers, were highly coveted as well.
If her sold-out Creepers and Fenty trainers are any indications as to how well these high-end heels, priced from $895 to $3995, could do on the market, Rihanna may have another hit on her hands.
While you impatiently wait for May 5, check out the rest of Rihanna’s Vogue UK spread, in which she models her wares in a cowgirl-themed editorial. And tell us: Are you saving up for a pair?
– Karen Mizoguchi & Brittany Talarico